Christy Clark at Point Grey Secondary, KOM policing at Langara College for Pink Shirt Day

Today’s Pink Shirt Day was busy for the Kerrisdale Oakridge Marpole policing centre, as members were present at two simultaneous events.

Tony Bulic (left), coordinator at Kerrisdale Oakridge Marpole community policing centre and volunteer Haley Luk are visiting Langara College's anti-bullying fair on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.

Tony Bulic (left), coordinator at Kerrisdale Oakridge Marpole community policing centre and volunteer Haley Luk are visiting Langara College’s anti-bullying fair on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.

KOM communications liaison Jeremy Sally was present as Premier Christy Clark visited students at Point Grey secondary around 2 p.m. and KOM coordinator Tony Bulic attended the anti-bullying fair at Langara College together with volunteers and Kerrisdale’s neighbourhood police officer, Cst. Ryan Hooper.

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Pacific Spirit Park society to discuss Musqueam Block F development

The Pacific Spirit Park society will discuss suggestions for the owners and developers of the contested Block F on the University Endowment Lands on Wednesday.

Block F at University Blvd.

Block F at University Blvd.

The 22-acres parcel known as Block F was returned to Musqueam in 2008 as part of a larger agreement between the Musqueam Band and the Province of British Columbia. The band decided to develop the parcel, which borders on Acadia Road and University Boulevard. It hired the planning company Colliers International, and has held two open houses so far. All three site planning options presented on Feb. 6 contained a dense neighbourhood with townhouses, high rises, retail and a 120-bed hotel. The plans include three acres of mature conifer trees and wetlands. Continue reading

Wanting Qu Vancouver’s new tourism ambassador to China

How often do you have the opportunity to meet a superstar? And would you even recognize her?

This happened to me last week, as I was interning at GlobalBC. I was asked to accompany Global Mandarin reporter Frank Qi to a press conference. We were going to meet Vancouver’s new tourism ambassador to China, a Vancouver-based Chinese singer superstar named Wanting Qu. Both Qi and I had never heard of her before.

Wanting Qu (left) in an interview with Frank Qi

Wanting Qu (left) in an interview with Frank Qi. Photo: Katja De Bock

As interns often have to come up with their own assignments, I decided to live tweet from the event. I expected a packed crowd of fans surrounding the building, but I was surprised to see only  one Global TV car standing in front of the Granville Island hotel.

As it turned out, our team was one of few selected media invited to meet the singer. We asked Stephen Pearce, Tourism Vancouver spokesman, what is the City’s plan with Qu. Continue reading

Few people come to Musqueam Block F development open house

Musqueam spokesman Wade Grant at the open house on Feb. 6, 2013

Musqueam spokesman Wade Grant at the open house on Feb. 6, 2013

When I visited the open house of the “Block F” development at the University Golf Club between 6 and 7 p.m. today, only a few dozen people faced the rain and came out to look at the new proposals on display. Continue reading

ParkBoard meets with community centre associations and Vancouverites

The Vancouver Park Board is meeting with the community centre associations and Vancouverites at a public meeting in the Westend Community Centre tonight.

On the agenda: the Park Board’s new proposal from Feb. 4, 2013.

Kerridale Community Centre

Kerrisdale Community Centre

The 30-page presentation states that 27 per cent of Vancouver’s population falls below the Low Income Cut‐Off (LICO).

High-income communities such as Dunbar still have an 18 per cent of its population below the LICO. Kerrisdale is named as a middle-income community with 22 18 per cent of its population below the LICO. According to the proposal, Marpole serves a low income community with 40 per cent of its population below the LICO. Continue reading

Great expectations for Pearson Dogwood expansion plans

Patricia McClarty has lived in Marpole's Pearson Centre since two years.

Patricia McClarty has lived in Marpole’s Pearson Centre since two years.

Patricia McClarty’s left hand carefully manoeuvred her wheelchair through the crowd, as she distributed information cards to other visitors of the Pearson Dogwood open house in Marpole on Saturday.

McClarty is one of dozens of residents and neighbours who showed up on Saturday, Feb. 2 to have a closer look at the proposals and to have their voices heard. The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health started the public hearing process this week. The George Pearson Centre is a home for adults with a range of disabilities, and the neighbouring Dogwood Lodge houses seniors who require complex care. The plan is to demolish the existing buildings and create an entirely new complex on the block between Cambie and Heather streets and West 57th till 59th Ave. Continue reading